2016 Failla Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California

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The fruit for this 2016 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay comes from the Olivet, Keefer Ranch and Flood Gate Vineyards. The grapes were whole cluster pressed into Concrete Egg (10%), Stainless Steel (20%), New French Oak Puncheon (10%) and Neutral French Oak (60%). Native yeasts are used for primary fermentation, and the wine naturally completes malolactic fermentation. It was aged sur lie for about 9 months before bottling. 

We always marvel at this Sonoma Coast bottling from Failla because they manage to produce a great wine, at a VERY fair price, especially given the pedigree of the vineyards they source. Ehren Jordan encapsulates this 2016 perfectly when he says, "with its spine of sappy brightness and crystalline salinity, it displays all the dense, bright and savory appeal of the Sonoma Coast in this singular vintage. At once more textural and more filigreed, this is a laser focused expression of coastal fruit with citrus, coastal bay and a mineral depth that carries the mid-palate to a refreshing."

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